Geraldine O'Riordan


Geraldine O'Riordan has fond childhood memories of attending art classes, at what was formerly the Crawford School of Art, now the Crawford Gallery. Geraldine vividly recalls the excitement she felt on entering the building via the main hall, climbing the imposing staircase, and entering the studio. The physicality of the studios themselves enlivened her experience, as their high ceilings and painted grey wainscoting became part of the creative 'flow' she experienced. The resurgence in decorative painting in the 1980s sparked Geraldine's interest in combining artisan skills with artistic sensibility. She ran a successful business that combined art and decorating, culminating in commissions to work on historic buildings, among them Glin Castle, Glenstal Abbey and Castlehyde. As the artistry and quality of Geraldine's work became known, she featured in many publications, such as Sunday Times Homes, Irish House and Homes, and Irish Interiors and Living, as well as an appearance on RTE's About The House. While teaching at the Burren College of Art in 2000, Geraldine's interest in easel painting began, and a short residency at the college allowed this to grow. The artistic satisfaction that Geraldine experienced during a second residency in 2005, inspired her decision to focus on painting as a full-time occupation. Since then, Geraldine has shown her work at seven solo exhibitions and several group shows. Stylistically, an appreciation of the Dutch masters such as Vermeer and Metsu is evident through, for example, the use of chiaroscuro. Interior perspectives reflect an admiration of the Danish artist Hammershoi.

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2015 Ballinglen Foundation Fellowship
2013 Tyrone Guthrie Centre (funded by Cork County Council bursary award)
2012 Cill Rialaig
2011 Cill Rialaig
2007 Cill Rialaig
2005 Burren College of Art
2002 Moux, France
2000 Burren College of Art

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Interior Views, Irish Georgian Society HQ, City Assembly House, 58 South William Street, Dublin 2
2014 The Backdrop, George Bernard Shaw Theatre Bar, VISUAL, Carlow
2013 A Grand Tour, Boole Library, University College Cork
2011 An tÉalú, Ballyvourney, Co Cork
2008 River Lee Project, Cork City & County Archive
2008 Adare and Beyond, Vault Gallery, Adare, Co. Limerick
2006 Gallery 44, Cork

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019 Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition
2018 Royal Hibernian Academy Annual Exhibition
2015 Market House Gallery, Dungarvan
2014 Market House Gallery, Dungarvan
2011 Kerry Bike Festival, Siamsa Tire, Tralee
2010 Backwater Twenty - 10, Crawford Gallery Cork
2008 Lavit Gallery
2007 Cill Rialaig


Tyrone Guthrie Centre at Annamakerrig
Ballinglen Foundation, Co. Mayo
Irish Georgian Society, Dublin
McMahon Group, Limerick
Fitzgeralds Solicitors
Farmhouse Restaurant, Midleton
University College Cork
Ballymaloe House
Earl and Countess Dunraven
Various Private collections


Lavit Gallery, Cork
Boat House Gallery, Kinsale, Co. Cork
Market House Gallery, Dungarvan


Cork Art Supplies